BA1_27-28 Proving the Benefits of Active Bodhichitta


With this video (BA16/BA1_27-28), Rinpoche explains the stanzas 27 and 28 of the first chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara. In the previous stanzas we talked about proving the benefits of bodhichitta in intention. Now the benefits of bodhichitta in action are established through reasoning.

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The audio as well as the audio translations in different languages and the transcript of this teaching are all available on Chapter 1 page.

We are also studying the commentary transcript on Chapter 1, which you can download here and in the Library section. Further recommended reading: the commentary book by Kunzang Pelden (Khenpo Kunpal), The Nectar of Manjushri’s Speech, p. 58-59.

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5 thoughts on “BA1_27-28 Proving the Benefits of Active Bodhichitta

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  2. Lynda

    Rinpoche, thank you for this inspiring teaching. When you talk about action bodhicitta I relate this to my work in the NHS when I see individual people whom I aspire to help, of course not always successfully. How is it best to remember the bodhicitta aspiration during a busy working day so that can be clearly in my mind? Would it be by memorizing particular stanzas or even by bringing a particular image to mind as this is more immediate?

  3. Lynda

    Rinpoche, this is a very basic question, but I would really like to understand if there is a direct connection between the bodhicitta aspiration and the “four immeasurables”? These are part of my daily practice and I always find myself wondering if they are saying the same thing or maybe in some way are distinct from each other. Could you kindly clarify?

  4. Pat Little

    Rinpoche, is there not a danger for us samsaric beings to think that just thinking positive thoughts is enough, that we can leave doing something about it till ‘later’? We’re not at the stage where our compassionate thoughts produce results spontaneously, as we’re told a Buddha’s do. Nevertheless, maybe our thoughts act on our minds, and take us a little further on the path, make us a little more capable of compassionate action (just as the resolution to act precedes the action). Could you kindly comment?

  5. Steve Mansell

    At the end of his talk, Rinpoche recommended a book on reincarnation by Ian Stevenson. Stevenson has written several books on the subject. Could Rinpoche tell us which particular one he recommends, please?

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